By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja
The Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, has charged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to see the elective convention scheduled for today at the Eagles Square in Abuja as an opportunity for the party to strengthen the Nigeria’s democracy.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the national chairman of IPAC, Mohammed Lawal Nalado, IPAC urged the party leaders not to engage in actions that will impede the confidence of the party faithful. He said IPAC, being the umbrella of all registered political parties in Nigeria, is desirous of seeing a rancor free convention which will be acceptable to all the political stakeholders of the former ruling party, adding that this will eliminate the acrimony that usually characterise politics where internal party democracy is jettisoned.
Nalado, who is also the national chairman of ACCORD (A), observed that the contenders to the office of chairman and other executive positions of the party have conducted themselves during the period of campaign with decorum. To this end, he said what the IPAC expects from the party is sustained peace and decorum even after the election, arguing that what Nigeria needs now is a viable democracy, which he said can only be achieved by strong and virile opposition political parties.
In the statement, he charged the candidates to endeavor to play by the rules and to subject themselves to the internal party democracy principles and party constitution, warning that the party has a responsibility towards strengthening Nigeria’s democracy.
According to him, the PDP sliding into fresh rounds of crisis through the conception will not augur well for Nigeria’s quests to become a developed democracy. Adding that all contestants should go into the elective convention with sportsman spirit.
The IPAC boss reminded the candidates that there is always a winner and a looser in every electoral contest. He therefore enjoined the winners to be magnanimous in victory, even as he asked those who’d lose to not relent in offering their contributions and idea